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SMi is proud to present the 1st annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA conference, taking place on the 5th and 6th of May 2022 in Arlington, VA.

With rapid technological advances changing the way US maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of US naval capability.

This conference presents the perfect opportunity to meet a diverse range of US Naval actors, Naval aviation experts, senior military figures and industry vendors involved in Maritime Surveillance and Intelligence gathering. Unlike other events, our conference places particular emphasis on the relationship between the Maritime and Joint Domains and how ISR capabilities are developing to improve these in tandem as well as individually.

 

  • Listen to keynote briefings from US military leaders operating in the maritime reconnaissance and surveillance arena
  • Hear from key allied military leaders working in their national maritime reconnaissance field
  • A unique focus on Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more
  • Maritime equipment exhibition from conference sponsors showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing maritime reconnaissance and surveillance systems today
  • Discover the new trends and updates in the maritime reconnaissance market and learn of how to integrate these new technologies into enhance your operational effectiveness 
     

 

5th Department, Secretary of Defence; ADIT’s The Bulletin; AeroVironment; Agency for Defence- Korea; Australian Government; Capella Space; Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation; CLS; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO; Embassy of Ecuador; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EMM; ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications); EUCAP Somalia; Eunavformed Op. Sophia; European Maritime Safety Agency; FLIR Systems Inc; Frontex Unit; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; Hisdesat Strategic Services, Inc.; IHS Markit; ImageSat International N.V; Inmarsat; IT Navy General Staff; ITAF HQ 3rd Department; Italian Air Force - Maritime Air Inspectorate; Italian Airforce HQ; Italian Hydrographic Institute; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff, 7th Dpt Ship Design & Combat System; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo; Leonardo Helicopters; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; Maxar; Maxar Technologies; MDA; Ministry of National Defence; Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO COE For Operations in Confined & Shallow Waters; NATO STO-CMRE; Ocean 4Future; Orbital Micro Systems Inc; Plans and Maritime Policy Employment of Forces and Maritime Security Department 1st Section – Operations, plans and training; Radley Consulting; Robin Radar Systems BV; Spanish Ministry of Defence; Swedish Defence University; The Royal Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; UAE GHQ; UGAL; United States Coast Guard; United States Navy; ViaSat Communications Inc; Windward; World View Enterprises, Inc

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Fostering Naval Tactical IW Capabilities at the NIWDC

Rear Admiral Michael Vernazza

Rear Admiral Michael Vernazza, Commander, Naval Information Warfighting Development Center and Training Group, US Navy

  • Naval Information Warfighting Development Center: role, mission and priorities
  • Developing and enhancing high-end fleet warfighting capabilities and tactics
  • Providing effective solutions to the most critical Information Warfare challenges across the US Fleet
  • Increasing Information Warfighting effectiveness across all platforms, afloat and shore
  • 9:30 Collaborating with Industry to Enhance Maritime Research and Scientific Development

    Captain Gregory T. Petrovic

    Captain Gregory T. Petrovic, Commanding Officer, US Naval Research Laboratory
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  • NRL: providing an effective coupling point to the R&D chain for ONR through direct ties with industry and the academic community
  • Researching, developing and testing unmanned and autonomous systems in simulated environments at the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR)
  • Supporting the development and acquisition of space systems for naval missions at the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST)
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Developing Next Generation Reconnaissance Systems for the Royal Navy

    Rear Admiral James Parkin

    Rear Admiral James Parkin, Director of Maritime Capability, Royal Navy

  • Outline of the current use and capabilities of unmanned systems in the Royal Navy
  • Exploiting developing technologies and extending the use of unmanned systems to further maritime ISR and fill information gaps
  • Moving toward automation: taking advantage of advances in robotics, AI and machine learning to support Royal Navy operations
  • Delivering a flexible and protean future Royal Navy to support and win the mission at hand
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Integrating Tactical Multi-Mission UAS into the US Navy for Wider ISR Capabilities at Sea

    Captain Dennis Monagle

    Captain Dennis Monagle, Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, PMA-266, US Navy
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  • Introducing the MQ-8C Fire Scout into Naval operations
  • A look at emerging vertical life UAS platforms
  • The future of naval ISR through the greater exploitation of unmanned platform potential across the fleet
  • 12:30 Deploying the MQ-4C Triton to Provide Persistent ISR to Maritime Operations

    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commander Brian Conlan, Commanding Officer, Unmanned Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron ONE NINE, U.S. Navy
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  • The role of Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, the Navy's first dedicated UAS squadron
  • ‘Big Red’ Squadron: distributing valuable and time-critical intelligence
  • The ever-growing importance of UAS: how does this impact the US Navy’s future plans and priorities?
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Fostering Innovative Overhead Intelligence Systems for National Security

  • NRO: designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites
  • Utilizing US satellite assets to support maritime operations
  • Combining commercial and military capabilities for improved data gathering
  • Future satellite and ISR priorities for the NRO
  • Mr Jeremy Mucha

    Mr Jeremy Mucha, Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
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    14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Panel Debate: Augmenting Maritime Reconnaissance Missions with Autonomous Systems

    Mr Mike Tall

    Mr Mike Tall, Senior Scientific Technical Manager Integrated Autonomous C4ISR, NIWC Pacific, US Navy

  • Leveraging unmanned and autonomous maritime systems to conduct real-time ISR missions
  • Collaborating with industry to explore more innovative ways to use emerging technologies
  • The future of AI and its application in the maritime domain
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 ONR: Planning, Fostering and Encouraging Scientific Research to Support Future Naval Power

    Dr Tom Drake

    Dr Tom Drake, Head, Ocean Battlespace and Expeditionary Access, Office of Naval Research

  • Developing underwater, surface and aerial vehicles to conduct maritime data collection
  • Funding and collaborating with industry and academia on scientific research, technology and advanced development programs
  • Developing new technologies and innovative sensor technologies to gain superior maritime situational awareness
  • The path ahead: upcoming plans and projects for the ONR
  • 16:30 Exploring the Depths of the Ocean to Secure US National Security

    Dr Genene Fisher

    Dr Genene Fisher, Acting Director, NOAA Ocean Exploration , NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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  • The mission of NOAA Ocean Exploring
  • Leveraging UMS capabilities for use in hydrography and oceanography operations
  • Cooperation between the NOAA OE and other research, military, and industry partners
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Developing USMC Aviation Assets to Support Marines with Real-Time ISR for Maritime Operations

    Brigadier General Matt Mowery

    Brigadier General Matt Mowery, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, US Marine Corps

  • Developing, integrating, and coordinating plans and policies to manage USMC UAV programs
  • Identifying emerging aviation concepts, technologies, capabilities, and systems to enhance maritime ISR
  • Force Design 2030: shifting the USMC to a more maritime focus?
  • 9:30 Providing Effective Testing, Evaluation and In-Service Support for US Navy Surveillance Systems

    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman

    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman, Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, US Navy
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  • Port Hueneme Division: US Navy’s Center of Excellence for In-Service Engineering
  • Ensuring US Naval ISR capabilities are upheld with effective in-service engineering of surveillance radar systems
  • Designing improvements to existing radar systems to enhance ISR data collection for the future
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Integrating Space-Based Assets into Existing ISR Structures for Comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson, Director General and Components Commander, Space, Canadian Armed Forces
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  • Moving towards a system of systems approach to MDA – a combined effort across Defence and partner Government Departments
  • Increasing connectivity with maritime patrol aircraft through space-based assets to provide real-time information gathering
  • Overview of the Defence Enhanced Surveillance from Space Project (DESSP) and its future impacts on ISR capabilities
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Leveraging Emerging Technology for Greater Maritime Domain Awareness

  • The evolution of Maritime Domain Awareness and the integration of Space and Maritime Operations
  • A brief context of maritime domain and the reliance on space-based capabilities
  • Critical Technologies and evolving capabilities for the future
  • Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo

    Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo, Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
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    12:30 Developing High-Payoff Space Technologies to Support ISR Operations

    Dr Wellesley Pereira

    Dr Wellesley Pereira, ISR Mission Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • The role and remit of the Space Vehicles Directorate
  • Driving innovation across all mission areas: current work supporting PNT, SSA, space-based ISR & SATCOM
  • Exploiting the 4th domain to support US maritime operations
  • Leveraging commercial, civil and other government resources to stay one step ahead in space and ensure America's advantage
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Rapid Integration of Unmanned Systems and A.I. into Fleet Operations to Achieve Maritime Domain Overmatch

  • Task Force-59: mission and role
  • Challenges to integrating UMS and AI into fleet operations
  • Leveraging AI and UMS to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness
  • The advantages of UMS for enhancing maritime ISR capabilities
  • Captain Michael Brasseur

    Captain Michael Brasseur, Commodore TF-59, US Navy
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    14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Protecting US Maritime Borders with Advanced ISR Capabilities

    Mr Scot T. Winslow

    Mr Scot T. Winslow, Executive Director, National Air Security Operations, DHS Customs and Border Protection – Air and Marine Operations

  • Overview of the Air and Marine Operations (AMO) structure and the UAV capabilities currently operated
  • Developing and transitioning technical capabilities to enhance U.S. maritime border security
  • Protecting US maritime borders with the MQ-9 Reaper
  • Using ISR capabilities to safeguard lawful trade and travel and prevent illegal use of the maritime environment
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The Importance of Collaboration to Achieve Effective Global Maritime Awareness

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Mr Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA
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  • Dramatically enhancing space-based maritime awareness through innovative technologies
  • The role of AI and machine learning tools in rapidly analysing data from Earth observation satellites and their sensors
  • Drivers and goals of future innovations in the field of space-based maritime awareness
     
  • 16:30 Promoting Allied Integration and Developing Joint Capabilities to Enhance ISTAR Capabilities

    Commander Shawn Newman

    Commander Shawn Newman, Warfare Analysis Branch Team Member, NATO Combined Joint Ops from the Sea Centre of Excellence (NATO CJOS COE)

  • CJOS CoE: Transforming Allied Maritime Potential Into Reality
  • Developing joint and multi-domain ISTAR capabilities through increasing the use of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence to enhance the information edge
  • Overcoming future challenges through increasing allied integration
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Matt Mowery

    Brigadier General Matt Mowery

    Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, US Marine Corps
    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman

    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman

    Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, US Navy
    Captain Dennis Monagle

    Captain Dennis Monagle

    Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, PMA-266, US Navy
    Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo

    Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo

    Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
    Captain Michael Brasseur

    Captain Michael Brasseur

    Commodore TF-59, US Navy
    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commanding Officer, Unmanned Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron ONE NINE, U.S. Navy
    Mr Jeremy Mucha

    Mr Jeremy Mucha

    Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office

    Brigadier General Matt Mowery

    Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, US Marine Corps
    Brigadier General Matt Mowery

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Director General and Components Commander, Space, Canadian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier-General G. Michael (Mike) Adamson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1993 after completing his BA in Political Science & Int’l Affairs from Carleton University [Ottawa, ON].

    Receiving his Wings in 1995, he has over 3,000 hours as a CP-140 Aurora Air Combat Systems Officer, conducting operations domestically and deployed around the globe.

    BGen Adamson has been honoured to Command 405 Long-Range Patrol Squadron (2012-2014), and 14 Wing Greenwood (2017-2019). He has served in numerous HQ staff roles, notably as a Career Manager, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, and Director of C4ISR within Chief of Force Development.

    BGen Adamson is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program (2008) and the National Security Program (2020) and has a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

    BGen Adamson was promoted to his current rank in 2020, and appointed as Director General Space, and the Joint Force Space Component Commander.

    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman

    Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, US Navy
    Captain Andrew J. Hoffman

    Captain Andrew Hoffman is the commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, where he leads more than 2,600 Sailors, Navy civilians, and contractors, supporting the U.S. Navy, DoD stakeholders, and allied forces to ensure combat readiness and effectiveness for the fleet and warfighter in pursuant of national defense strategy and Naval Sea Systems Command strategic alignment.

    In his previous role, Hoffman served as Chief Engineer at NSWC PHD, overseeing the technical rigor and vitality of engineering, test and evaluation, and cybersecurity competencies at the command. Prior to this role, he completed a tour of duty as commanding officer for NSWC Dahlgren Division – Dam Neck Activity.

    Hoffman is a native of Brandon, Miss. He attended the University of North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in public policy analysis, and was commissioned in 1999. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a Master of Science in applied physics in 2006.

    He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Cardinal (MHC 85) as the operations officer and then was assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit McCampbell (DDG 85) as the Land Attack Warfare officer. While serving as the surface operations officer assigned to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, he was selected for lateral transfer to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community.

    Hoffman’s personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals in addition to various unit awards.
     

    Captain Dennis Monagle

    Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, PMA-266, US Navy
    Captain Dennis Monagle

    Captain Dennis Monagle is a native of Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He earned his Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2000. He has accumulated nearly 2000 flight hours in various Navy aircraft.
    Captain Monagle’s operational tours include two tours with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) first as an Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Mission Commander, and later as a Department Head and the Maintenance Officer. As ship’s company, Captain Monagle served in the Air Department as the V-2 Division Officer and as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (“Shooter”) aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Captain Monagle commanded Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) in Norfolk, VA.
    Captain Monagle’s shore assignments include the MH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron as a Flight Instructor and Evaluator. Captain Monagle has completed multiple acquisition tours with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, first as an Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering (AMPSE), followed later as the H-60 Sustainment Integrated Product Team (IPT) Leader. He reported to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) in Fort Meade, MD to serve as Military Deputy PEO for Command and Control (C2). He led a team of Joint Service military members and DoD Civilians in modernizing C2 software systems for use by the Joint Services and Coalition Partners. He returned to NAVAIR to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS).
    Captain Monagle is DAWIA certified as a Level III Program Manager. He is designated as an Acquisition Professional, and assumed the Multi-mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office as the Program Manager in March of 2022.

    Captain Gregory T. Petrovic

    Commanding Officer, US Naval Research Laboratory
    Captain Gregory T. Petrovic

    Capt. Gregory T. Petrovic, a native of New Bern, North Carolina, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. After commissioning, he was designated a naval aviator in 1998. He earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Petrovic’s operational tours include command of the “Mad Foxes” Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 where he led their inaugural P-8 Poseidon aircraft deployment to Okinawa, Japan. He served as the Maintenance Officer of Patrol and Reconnaissance (VP) 45 in Jacksonville Florida. He also served as a Launch and Recovery Officer aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) based in Norfolk, Virginia. While serving in “Golden Eagles” Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and following 9/11, his combat aircrew was selected to support Operation Enduring Freedom. His shore assignments include current operations officer Commander Task Force (CTF) 67, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, instructor pilot duty with the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, executive assistant in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, division chief at the Undersea Warfare Development Center in San Diego, California, and executive officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Petrovic became the 41st commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on June 25, 2021. He is responsible for overall laboratory management, legal and regulatory compliance, coordinating with other military activities, and supervising the technical work and support services. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards, one with valor), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other campaign medals and unit awards.

    Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo

    Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
    Captain Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo

    GP is currently a Navy Reserve (NR) Engineering Duty Officer assigned to the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, where his focus is on operationalizing commercial space technologies for national security space. Previously he led the innovation efforts of the Tenth Fleet’s Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group’s reserve team. From 2017-2019, he led the reserve team supporting the acquisition and life cycle support of naval platforms at Naval Sea Systems Command. He also led and provided operational and technical support for the National Reconnaissance Office/Space and Naval Warfare Systems Commands’ Space Field Activity HQ reserve unit. From 2009-2012, GP was the lead of the Navy Reserve detachment under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. GP is a member of U.S. Navy’s’ Space Cadre with expertise in space operations (VS8) and acquisition (VR2).

    GP started his career in the Navy after serving as a Platoon Sergeant in 2nd Medical Battalion during operations Desert Shield and Storm. In 1992, he was commissioned as an Engineering Duty Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. GP holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Space Systems, a D.Sc. in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Propulsion from George Washington University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is 2016-2017 Fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI.

    Captain Michael Brasseur

    Commodore TF-59, US Navy
    Captain Michael Brasseur

    Captain Michael D. Brasseur co-founded and is currently serving as the first Commodore of Task Force 59, Commander, Unmanned & A.I. Integration. Task Force 59 is dedicated to the rapid integration of Unmanned Systems and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) into Fleet operations to deter malign activity and secure the free flow of commerce in the waters surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to standing up Task Force 59, he served as Deputy Commodore of Task Force 55.

    Before arriving in Bahrain, Michael served as the Director, for Naval Armaments Cooperation at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the first Director of NATO’s “Start-up” the Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2). MUSIC2 is the key integrator and accelerator for the NATO MUS Initiative (MUSI) which aims to enhance the Alliance’s capabilities through manned/unmanned teaming. Additionally, he launched and co-chairs the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) which brings together an incredibly diverse and talented group of innovators, leaders and doers from around the world to provide advice to NATO on how best to improve, accelerate and scale the NATO MUS Initiative.

    Michael believes collaboration in diverse cross-functional teams is critical to solving complex challenges and has a history of building winning teams across all levels of government, including the White House, Pentagon and NATO. He has commanded two warships (Fort Worth LCS - 3 & Whirlwind PC - 11) and served on four others (Underwood FFG -36, Samuel B. Roberts FFG 58, Shamal PC – 13 & Deyo DD – 989) and sailed the world’s oceans with friends and Allies.

    Michael is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.S. Chemistry), George Washington University (M.A. Organizational Management) and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A. International Relations) and is an Honorary Practice Fellow at the Imperial College of London’s Institute for Security Science and Technology. His writings on leadership and emerging disruptive technologies have appeared in The Hill, Atlantic Council, Defense News, and the US Naval Institute among other well-respected publications.

    Michael grew up on an island, loves the ocean and is happiest when he is in, on or close to the water. Michael is passionate about protecting our oceans and believes they are primed for innovation.

    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commanding Officer, Unmanned Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron ONE NINE, U.S. Navy
    Commander Brian Conlan

    CDR Brian X. Conlan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education Program. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2006.

    Operationally, CDR Conlan has deployed to CENTCOM, INDOPACOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM AORs. He served as VP-10’s Pilot Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer and as VP-45’s Tactics, Safety-NATOPS, Training and Maintenance Department Head while qualifying as Functional Check Flight Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, and Special Mission Aircraft Commander. Afloat, he served as Aide-de-Camp to Carrier Strike Group TEN aboard both the USS Truman and USS Eisenhower.

    His shore tours include Commander, Task Force 67, Turkey and Levant Desk Officer, and Assistant Officer-in-Charge of Tactical Operations Center, NAS Sigonella; military advisor, US State Department; and as a member of the Vice Chairman’s, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Innovation Group.

    CDR Conlan has more than 2,000 flight hours in multiple Air Force, Naval and civilian manned and unmanned aircraft and is entitled to wear the Air Medal (1st Strike/Flight Award) and other personal, unit and service awards.

    Following service as Executive Officer from April 2020 until May of 2021, he now serves as the Commanding Officer of the US Navy’s first Unmanned Aviation Squadron, VUP-19, employing both the BAMS-D[Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator] and MQ-4C Triton in multiple theatres.

    Commander Shawn Newman

    Warfare Analysis Branch Team Member, NATO Combined Joint Ops from the Sea Centre of Excellence (NATO CJOS COE)
    Commander Shawn Newman

    Dr Genene Fisher

    Acting Director, NOAA Ocean Exploration , NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    Dr Genene Fisher

    Genene Fisher, Ph.D. is the Acting Director of NOAA Ocean Exploration, which is the only federal program dedicated to exploring the deep ocean, closing gaps in our basic understanding of U.S. deep waters and the seafloor, and delivering the ocean information needed to strengthen the economy, health, and security of our nation. She joined the office in 2020 as the Deputy Director. Previously she worked for the National Weather Service and American Meteorological Society. Genene received a PhD in Atmospheric and Space Science and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She also has a B.A. in Planetary and Space Sciences from Boston University.

    Dr Tom Drake

    Head, Ocean Battlespace and Expeditionary Access, Office of Naval Research
    Dr Tom Drake

    Dr Wellesley Pereira

    ISR Mission Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Dr Wellesley Pereira

    Mr Guy Thomas

    President, C-SIGMA
    Mr Guy Thomas

    Guy is the former US' Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (2003-2012) and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA, the basis for Task #1 of the US' National Space Policy (see below).

    He has been involved in reconnaissance operations and systems development in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DHS, and Johns Hopkins/APL for many years. He also served as US DHS S&T SME for unclassified Space. The academic advisor (technology) to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence, he is a contributing editor for SpaceWatch Global.

    A Distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, he was awarded the DHS Distinguished Career Service Award in 2012 and the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's Individual Achievement Award in 2015. He has been nominated for the US' National Medal for Technology & Innovation and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

    Mr Jeremy Mucha

    Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
    Mr Jeremy Mucha

    Mr. Mucha currently serves as the Technical Director, National Communication Systems, aligned under the Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and located at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Virginia. As the Technical Director in the NRO Communications Systems Directorate, he directs strategic planning and technical execution of the acquisition roadmap for the NRO’s information technology and transport infrastructure in support of the satellite reconnaissance mission. Additionally, he serves as the senior naval civilian and advocate at the NRO for naval requirements across a wide range of space capabilities. Mr. Mucha was promoted to this Senior Level position in August 2019. Mr. Mucha began his federal career in 2002, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San
    Diego. During this assignment, he worked as a systems engineer on several SATCOM terminal programs and also as a test and evaluation engineer on the Wideband Global SATCOM payload interoperability and characterization test team. Mr. Mucha’s next assignment was as a project manager and systems engineer in PMW/PMA 170 within PEO C4I. He led a team to develop and field the Global Broadcast System Split Internet Protocol project and also served as the Lead Engineer for the Commercial Broadband SATCOM Program.
    In 2008, Mr. Mucha’s first CAP assignment was as the Assistant Program Manager – Engineering for PMW/PMA 170. He led the satellite communication, tactical communication, and GPS navigation divisions in establishing consistent and rigorous engineering processes. Mr. Mucha’s next CAP assignment was to establish the role of APM - Engineering for Air Integration in PMW 750. In this capacity, he was responsible for guiding the engineering efforts of TacMobile, TBMCS, JADOCS, and aircraft integration programs.
    In 2015, Mr. Mucha established the Key Leadership Position of Assistant Program Executive Officer - Engineering within the MIDS Program Office and led a staff of over 90 engineers. He led a period of rapid growth for the MIDS JTRS program, including the integration of the CMN-4 terminal on multiple new aircraft types. Mr. Mucha was asked to spearhead NAVWAR 5.0’s innovation initiatives in 2017 in support of high velocity learning and rapid prototyping.
    Mr. Mucha holds a B.S. Electrical Engineering (1999) and a M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (2001) – both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While earning his master’s degree at Georgia Tech Lorraine, he was joint enrolled at the École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec) in Metz, France where he earned a Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Informatique et Ingénierie de la Connaissance (M.S Computer Science & Engineering - 2001). In 2016, he earned a M.S. Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Mr. Mucha was selected as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow in 2018, with placement at SpaceX, and is only the second civilian to be selected to this prestigious training program.

    Mr Scot T. Winslow

    Executive Director, National Air Security Operations, DHS Customs and Border Protection – Air and Marine Operations
    Mr Scot T. Winslow

    Rear Admiral James Parkin

    Director of Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral James Parkin

    Rear Admiral Michael Vernazza

    Commander, Naval Information Warfighting Development Center and Training Group, US Navy
    Rear Admiral Michael Vernazza

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    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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